Alfa Romeo 4C Spider previews confirmed 2015 production model

Features a canvas soft top

It turns out previous rumors were spot on as Alfa Romeo has unveiled today in Geneva the 4C Spider concept.

Without any doubt one of the most beautiful cars at the Swiss show, Alfa's 4C Spider has just about the same design as the coupe but features a canvas soft top and carbon fiber rollover bars. The same lightweight material was used for the windscreen frame and spoilers and as a consequence the conversion to an open-top model has added only 60 kg (132 lbs).

The show car in Geneva has a centrally-positioned dual exhaust system with titanium and carbon tailpipes provided by Akrapovic with an electrically-operated valve system improving not only the car's performances but also its soundtrack. Another novelty is represented by the more attractive carbon fiber clamshell headlights, together with restyled alloys wrapped around in Pirelli tires.

Power comes from the same 1.75-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine sending 240 HP (177 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) to the rear wheels through a dual-clutch 6-speed TCT gearbox enabling the concept to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.5 seconds before topping out at 155 mph (250 km/h).

Alfa Romeo has announced the 4C Spider is slated to enter production phase early next year.

Source: Alfa Romeo
  • Alfa Romeo 4C Spider “avant-prémiere” previews new soft-top scheduled to enter production in 2015
  • True to the philosophy of the Alfa Romeo 4C, the Spider Design Preview remains an ultra-lightweight, high-performance driving machine
  • Extensive use of carbon fibre and SMC*, as well as a lightweight canvas hood, ensures the Spider retains the Alfa Romeo 4C focus and purity
  • Stunning evolutionary design sees the addition of new headlamps, new wheels and an advanced new central exhaust system by Akropovic®

The stunning Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Design Preview makes its world début at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, previewing a new model scheduled to go into production in early 2015.  Designed by the Alfa Romeo Style Centre, the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Design Preview takes full advantage of the ultra-rigid construction and distinctive design of the coupé to produce a Spider in the truest sense of the Alfa Romeo tradition – a car that brings the driving experience into even sharper focus by allowing the sounds and sensations of performance to fill the cabin and stir the driver’s soul still further.

Structural reinforcement required by safety regulations for open-top vehicles means that the Spider inevitably weighs slightly more than the Alfa Romeo 4C coupé, but thanks to the use of carbon fibre for the rollover bars, spoilers and windscreen frame, as well as the adoption of a lightweight canvas soft top and the replacement of the glass rear screen with a continuation of the SMC* bodywork, the 4C’s structural rigidity, mechanical purity and low weight philosophy are not compromised. As a result, the additional weight of the open-top transformation has been limited to approximately 60kg.

The purposeful stance and stunning form of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has been evolved to ensure the highest levels of aerodynamic efficiency and downforce, resulting in impressive high-speed stability, while at the same time minimising the open-top air turbulence in the passenger compartment.

Apart from allowing the driver to connect even more closely with their surroundings, bestowing the Spider treatment on the Alfa Romeo 4C also allows the world to get a better view of what is a truly special and unique interior. Carbon fibre dominates the cabin, but not as a decorative afterthought - the monocoque of the 4C Spider Design Preview is constructed entirely from this distinctive material and is clearly visible in the centre console, door sills and rear bulkhead, for example.

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Design Preview also debuts a new dual-stage central exhaust system with titanium and carbon tailpipes by Akrapovic®, a company which produces competition exhaust systems for numerous motorcycle classes including Moto GP, Superbike, Supersport, Motocross and Enduro. A key feature of the new exhaust is an electrically-operated valve system which can improve performance and enhance the exhaust note at the push of a wirelessly-linked button.

Powered by Alfa Romeo’s new four-cylinder, all-aluminium, 1750 Turbo Petrol engine, which drives the rear wheels via a six-speed, dual dry-clutch Alfa TCT transmission, the 4C Spider’s performance is all but identical to that of the hardtop Alfa Romeo 4C: 0 to 62mph takes just 4.5 seconds and top speed is in excess of 155mph. In addition, the outstanding deceleration and lateral acceleration performance, and the balanced 40:60 front-to-rear weight distribution, remain unaffected by the evolution from coupé to Spider.

Complementing its show-stopping presence, new carbon fibre clamshell headlights have been fitted to the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Design Preview, as have new alloy wheels which have been milled from solid aluminium blocks and shod with bespoke Pirelli tyres. Finished in three-layer gloss white, which helps emphasise the car’s beautifully sculpted shape and masterfully resolved surfaces, the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Design Preview is undoubtedly the highlight of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

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conradtestamark conradtestamark
Mar 16th, 2014 12:10am
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conradtestamark conradtestamark
Mar 16th, 2014 1:19am
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sensei sensei
ANd yet, Toyota/Subaru still cannot commit to a FT-86/BRZ convertible. The Italians just do beautiful designs.
Mar 7th, 2014 3:00pm
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Prestige15 Prestige15
Cameron Dias on wheels.
Mar 6th, 2014 4:40pm
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I love you, Alfa 4C Spider, be mine?
Mar 5th, 2014 12:10pm
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henaz henaz
So glad they revised the headlights, beautiful car.
Mar 5th, 2014 10:05am
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yanivtheking62 yanivtheking62
Cant wait for the noise with the roof open
Mar 4th, 2014 6:32pm
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Alfa_Tifoso Alfa_Tifoso
Beautiful, still want to see all new Alfa Romeo sedans, and rumor tells, we could see a concept in Geneva.
Mar 4th, 2014 1:15pm
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pzxpjy pzxpjy
Oh the headlights have been revised.
Mar 4th, 2014 12:53pm
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